The Value of Encouragement

Written by Brandon Edwards on . Posted in Youth Minister

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In the summer of 2011, I left a job that I loved dearly. It was one of the hardest things that I have ever done in my life and it affected me in a very profound way. I loved the work, I loved the teens, and I loved the church, but it was not a good fit in a lot of ways. I was left extremely dejected and, honestly, very hurt.

The day after I left my job I loaded my family up and moved to Texas for the foreseeable future. I went to get away, to spend some time with family, and to spend some time in thought. My brother-in-law offered me some work in the oil fields and I took him up on the opportunity.

Never Forget

Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

counselmarriage artweb         From a counselor’s perspective, there is nothing more pitiful than a one-sided relationship. Bonds that are made between individuals are too often stressed to the point of breaking. Examples of this are seen when a husband quits showing attention to his wife, or a wife falls out of love with her husband, and the one still interested in working through the problems seeks counsel. How frustrating it is for those whose job it is to referee and assist in recovery strategies when all they have to influence is one of the people in the troubled relationship. It is like trying to fly a jet with one wing, or move a boat through a stream only paddling on one side.

         Sooner or later everyone will play the counselor when friends or family members have relationship troubles. What do you say to a person who is having problems with his boss, or her co-worker, or their best friends, or the team, or you name it?

Invitation vs. Information

Written by Brandon Edwards on . Posted in Youth Minister

youreinvited artwebThere are a few men who truly inspire me in ministry. They are men that I look up to and aspire to be more like. They are men of principle. They are men that work hard for the Lord. To me, and many others, they are spiritual giants. Over the next few weeks, I want to share with you all some of the valuable lessons I have learned from these men. Who are these men?

Dale Jenkins. David Shannon. Terry Edwards. Earl Edwards. Howard Bybee. Jeff Jenkins. Scott Harp. Noel Whitlock. Neal Pollard. Dan Winkler. Mark Blackwelder. Jesse Robertson. Billy Smith. Matt Vega. Eric Lyons. Kyle Butt.

And so it begins.

Family history

Written by Brandon Edwards on . Posted in Youth Minister

familyhistoryRecently, I decided to do a little family project. I spent some time on the ancestry.com website researching my family history. After a few phone calls to family members, I found out a whole lot about my family. I found my grandfather's enlistment forms for World War II, my great grandmother's birth certificate, and my great-great grandfather's marriage license (all photocopies of course). It was intriguing to find such incredible pieces of my family history.
There are stories about the Edwards through the years. Supposedly, over 140 Edwards fought in the Civil War – 138 for the North and 2 for the South. We have ancestry that runs back to King Edward (thus the Edwards name) and also a notorious pirate. Honestly, I'm not sure which one of those is better. I also managed to find out that on my mother's side we are related to President Buchanan. Not even sure I knew that there was a President Buchanan.